Aside from the fun and festivities in San Francisco, Brandon Miniman and I got a chance to play around with the HTC Aria for a bit. The Aria was built for AT&T’s network and according to a conversation with HTC, Brandon found out that HTC designed the Aria’s specs and performance according to some basic AT&T guidelines. Carriers can tell HTC that they want; in the Aria’s case, a mid-range smartphone that’s compact and stylish, and HTC engineers went to work and came back with a design that resembles a miniaturized Droid Incredible from the front and an HD Mini from the rear.
Speaking of the HD Mini, you can also check out our video with Eric Lin where he talks a little about HTC design at CTIA.
The Aria, for me, seems to be a re-tooled HTC Legend for AT&T, much like how Sprint and Verizon Wireless had changed the original HTC Hero design when they brought it to the States as the Sprint Hero and the Droid Eris; the internals are essentially the same as the original Hero (save for the CDMA/EV-DO radios for use on Sprint and Verizon) and it’s the body design that’s changed, for better or worse.